A positive step forward, today's vote sends a simple and powerful message to kids: Baseball and tobacco don't mix. Our national pastime should be about promoting a healthy and active lifestyle, not a deadly and addictive product. Today's vote also provides further momentum for the nationwide campaign to take tobacco out of baseball for the sake of kids, the players and the future of the game.
We applaud Councilmember Yvette Alexander for stepping up to the plate for this important legislation and protecting our children's health.
San Francisco, Boston, Los Angeles, Chicago and New York have enacted laws prohibiting tobacco use at sports venues, including their professional baseball stadiums. A statewide law in California will take effect before the 2017 season. Once all of these laws are implemented, one-third of Major League stadiums will be tobacco-free. Legislation is currently under consideration in Toronto and the state of Minnesota.
As more cities become tobacco-free, it's time for Major League Baseball and its players to accept the inevitable, set the right example for kids and promptly agree to prohibit smokeless tobacco use at all Major League ballparks.
For more information, visit www.tobaccofreebaseball.org.
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SOURCE Campaign for Tobacco-Free Kids